On Tap: Girls Games

Seton Keough at Elizabeth Seton

Today, 7:30

Elizabeth Seton hosts one of Baltimore's top teams. Seton Keough was the Baltimore Sun's preseason No. 1 team and features Denise King, a 5-foot-8 guard who has signed with Rhode Island.

On Monday, Seton Keough will face Suitland in the first round of the Holiday Hoops Invitational at 8 p.m. at Anne Arundel Community College. Meade, La Plata, Western, St. John's (D.C.), Arundel and Frederick round out the field.

IAABO Tournament

Dec. 27-29

The tournament at Prince George's Community College features some of the top teams from the Washington and Baltimore metro areas: No. 3 Riverdale Baptist, No. 7 Largo, No. 9 Bullis, No. 10 DuVal, No. 18 Madison (Va.), Woodbridge (Va.), John Carroll (Harford County) and Milford Mill (Baltimore County).

DuVal, the defending Maryland 3A champion, plays Woodbridge, a Virginia AAA semifinalist last season, at 2 p.m. Monday. Riverdale Baptist faces another top private school team, John Carroll, at 4. At 8, Largo takes on Baltimore's Milford Mill, which lost to DuVal in the 3A final last season and is led by 5-8 senior guard Mandakova Clark, a USA Today Preseason Super 25 player. If DuVal and Riverdale Baptist win their first round games, they will meet for the second time this season in the tournament semifinals on Tuesday.

Suitland at Largo, 7:15

Jan. 4

Largo and Suitland have won the past three Maryland 4A state titles, the Lions in 1996-97 and the Rams in 1997-98 and 1998-99. Last season they shared the county title after splitting two regular season meetings. Largo ended Suitland's 33-game winning streak with a 71-60 victory on Feb. 12, but the Rams beat the Lions in the 4A south region quarterfinals. Several key players from last season's teams remain, including Largo senior center Candace Sutton and Suitland senior guard KiKi Wimbush.

-- Camille Powell


You Should See . . .

Candace Wilkins and Donna Williams, Gwynn Park

The Yellow Jackets are off to their best start in Coach Marvin Vann's six-year tenure, and Wilkins and Williams are two reasons why. Williams, a 5-foot-11 senior and three-year starter at forward, is averaging 17 points per game, and Wilkins, a 5-7 senior guard who transferred from Carroll, is averaging 16.4 points.

Gwynn Park was 5-0 heading into yesterday's game against Central, the Yellow Jackets' first big test of the season. Gwynn Park travels to Somerset, Pa., next week for a holiday tournament, and then returns to face No. 10 DuVal on Jan. 4.

You Should've Seen . . .

F Rebekkah Brunson, Oxon Hill, Sr.

Brunson scored only five points in the Clippers' 57-29 victory over Central on Dec. 10; two days later, Oxon Hill Coach Debra Anderson said: "Rebekkah is due to bust loose with a big offensive game." Brunson scored 30 points in a 74-46 victory over Northwestern on Dec. 14 and then had 23 points in Friday's 61-43 win over Roosevelt. In two games last week, the Georgetown signee totaled 53 points, 35 rebounds and 9 blocked shots.

On Tap: Boys Games

DeMatha at GlaxoWellcome

Holiday Invitational

Dec. 27-29

No. 2 DeMatha travels to Raleigh, N.C., to faces Wake Forest-Rolesville in the first round of the holiday tournament. Wake Forest has won six North Carolina state titles. The field also includes Thomas Johnson, the defending Maryland 3A state champion, and Manhattan Rice, USA Today's top-ranked team.

Two of the country's top seniors, Rice point guard Andre Barrett (signed with Seton Hall) and Salmen (La.) guard Chris Duhon (Duke), will play in the tournament.

The Stags counter with a pair of top-notch juniors, guard Billy Edelin (averaging 21.6 points per game) and center Jordan Collins (15.6 ppg).

Largo Christmas Tournament

Dec. 27-28

Dunbar plays Quince Orchard at 6 p.m., and host Largo faces Seneca Valley at 7:30 in Monday's first-round games.

The tournament final is at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Gwynn Park Winter Classic

Dec. 28-29

Tuesday's first-round matchups are Bell vs. Douglass (6 p.m.) and Queen Anne's County vs. host Gwynn Park (8). The championship game is Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Lions Club Quad-County Classic

Dec. 28-29

Four different counties are represented in this tournament, which is played at High Point: Howard (Long Reach), Montgomery (Paint Branch), Anne Arundel (Arundel) and, of course, Prince George's (High Point). Long Reach faces Paint Branch at 6 p.m. and High Point plays Arundel at 8 on Tuesday. The final is at 8 on Wednesday.

-- Camille Powell


You Should See . . .

Ricky Shields and Shaun Swan, Parkdale

The senior guards led Parkdale to three wins in its first four games; the lone loss was a 12-point setback against DeMatha. Both players are averaging over 20 points per game; Shields, who has already broken the 30-point mark in two different games, is averaging 24.5 points, and Swan is averaging 20.8 points.

The Panthers face stiff tests in the next two weeks. They will take part in the Lions Club Fight for Sight Tournament Dec. 27-29, along with host Gaithersburg, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Sidwell Friends, Wheaton, Wilson, Poolesville and Potomac. Then, Parkdale hosts defending county champion Oxon Hill on Jan. 4.

You Should've Seen . . .

G Greg Harrison, Riverdale Baptist, Sr.

Harrison scored a career-high 39 points in the Crusaders' 112-41 victory over Emmanuel Christian on Saturday. Harrison, who had been averaging 13 points in his previous eight games, made 11 three-pointers and also had five assists. However, his 39 points is not the best single-game performance by a Crusader this season: Senior Wayne Gibson scored 44 points against Capitol Christian on Nov. 20, and last week broke the 2,000-point mark for his career.

CAPTION: Helped by transfer guard Candace Wilkins (22), the Gwynn Park girls (5-0) are off to their best start in Coach Marvin Vann's six-year tenure.

CAPTION: Center Jordan Collins, right, is averaging 15.6 points a game for No. 2 DeMatha. The Stags will play in Raleigh, N.C., next week in the GlaxoWellcome Holiday Invitational. The field also includes Thomas Johnson of Frederick, Md.